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History of Cedar
Biographies - Center Township
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Earle, John, carpenter.
Eastman, Albert, farmer, Tipton.
Easton, M. P.
Edge, J. D., farmer, Section 33; Post Office Tipton.
Edmonsen, Christ, renter; Post Office Tipton.
Eicher, Christ'n, farmer, Section 33; Post Office Tipton.
Elliott, William, retired, Tipton; born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, December 6, 1821; learned tailor's trade; came to Cedar County in 1854, and worked at his trade seven years, then went in the army; enlisted in 5th Regiment Iowa Infantry, Company A; after his return, he held the office of Deputy Clerk for four years and then was elected County Clerk for four years; held office of Justice of the Peace seven years and Mayor three years. Married Susan McClure, from Pennsylvania, October 8, 1844; they have seven children --- three sons and four daughters, lost one son.
Emery, Wm., retired.
Ensign, Samuel, physician.
Ercher, C., farmer, Section 33; Post Office Tipton.
Ercher, D., farmer, Section 33; Post Office Tipton.
Esher, H. L., harness maker.
Evans, David, wagon maker.
Faulkingham, H., farmer, Section 26; Post Office Tipton.
Filson, Casper, laborer.
Filson, Robt., laborer.
Fleming, A. P., furniture dealer.
Fleming, George S., livery business, Tipton; born in Rochester, this county, October 27, 1841, and is one of the oldest persons now living here that was born in this county; was in the army in Company B, 24th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry; was on detached duty at the headquarters of the Division, most of the time of service; he enlisted August 6, 1862, and was mustered out July 21, 1865; returned here and has been engaged in the livery business for the past twelve years. Married Miss Ella Davis, from Indiana, November 7, 1867; they have one daughter, Clara.
Fletcher, I. G., farmer, Section 20; Post Office Tipton.
Francs, Samuel, farmer, Section 12: Post Office Tipton; born in Germany March 19, 1827; lived there twenty-two years, and came to this country in 1850; lived in the States of New York and Connecticut, and was all through the United States, backward and forward, for six years, and came to Iowa in 1857; was coachman for Edwin Smith, banker, of Davenport; came to Cedar County in 1869; engaged in farming; only had $3 when he came, and was $250 in debt, and now owns a farm of eighty acres. He married Mary Ann Smelzer, from England, in August, 1857; they have three children --- Henry William, Charlie and Margaret R.
Fraseur, A., farmer, Section 31; Post Office Tipton.
Fraseur, Charles, farmer, Section 27; Post Office Tipton; born in Cedar County, in this township, July 3, 1855, and has lived here twenty-two years, and is engaged in farming and stock raising; rents farm of his father. Married Miss Rosetta Morton, daughter of A. P. Morton of this county, January 21, 1878.
Fraseur, George, farmer, Section 31; Post Office Tipton; born Clermont County, Ohio, August 16, 1823; lived in Ohio twelve years; moved to Indiana, and came from there to Cedar County, with his parents, who came with two wagons --- five yoke of oxen to one wagon; they arrived June 16, 1837; taking their axes, they immediately began building a shanty, which they had ready to occupy the next day by noon; some Indians came and camped near them; only a few white settlers in the county then; they used to go to Illinois to mill, with ox teams, taking two weeks to get their grist home. He has seen fifty to seventy-five deer at one time on the prairie. He has been engaged in farming many years and owns a farm of 140 acres adjoining Tipton. Has held the office of Township Trustee. Married Eliza Setford, from Indiana, in June, 1851; they have two children --- Alonzo and Fannie M.; and have lost one son, Charles N. His father, Benjamin Fraseur, died May 16, 1864; his mother died in 1852.
Fraseur, Montgomery, farmer and stock raiser, Section 28; Post Office Tipton; born in Clermont County, Ohio, February 12, 1827; moved to Indiana, and lived there five years, and then came with his parents to Cedar County by ox team; they were two weeks on the way, and arrived June, 1837; they were among the earliest settlers here; they settled on the place where William Neely now lives, near Tipton; there were plenty of Indians here; they were the first visitors they had; they used to go eighty miles to mill, and some times lived on "pound cake," made from corn pounded fine in a hole burned out of the end of a log. In the Spring of 1849, he crossed the plains to California; was there four years, mining, and had a ranch and dealt in stock; returned and bought where he now lives, and engaged in farming and stock raising. Owns 500 acres of land. Married Miss Sarah A. Reeder, from Clermont County, Ohio, October, 1854; they have ten children --- Charles, Almirea, Martha, Fremont, Freddie, Carrie, Emma, May, Homer and Hattie.
Fraseur, William, farmer, Post Office Tipton; born in Clermont County, Ohio, December 16, 1817; lived there and in Indiana twenty years,and came to Cedar County, Iowa, with his parents; they came by wagon having five yoke of oxen to one wagon; they arrived here June 16, 1837, on the place where Wm. Neely now lives; they put up a cabin, a pole shanty; the first people they saw were Indians, who were here then; they were among the earliest settlers, and there are very few settlers here now who were here when they came. The first Summer he was here he went to Henderson's Grove, Knox County, to get some wheat, and carted it to Henry County to get it ground, and then carted it home. He began without anything, and broke prairie for several years; now owns a farm of eighty acres, adjoining Tipton, and 320 acres elsewhere. Held the office of first School Director, under Free School law. Married Miss Charlotte Baker, from Knox County, Ohio, January, 1840; they have had six children --- Eliza Ann, Monterville, Mary Jane, Emeline, Ella, Frank and Sadie. Monterville was in the army in County C, 24th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and was killed at battle of Port Gibson.
Frink, Eunice E., Miss, Superintendent of Schools of Cedar County, Tipton; was born in Albany County, New York and received her education there; she spent one and a half years in Plano; came to this county in 1853, and has been engaged in teaching for some years. She has taken great interest in educational matters, and has attracted attention by her ability as an educator; she was elected Superintendent of Schools of this county in 1875, and entered upon the duties of the office in January, 1876; she was re-elected to the same position in Fall of 1877, and has filled the office with great acceptation to the people of the county.
Fritz, Joseph, farmer, Section 2; Post Office Tipton; born in Richland County, Ohio, April 2, 1834; lived there twenty-one years, and came to Iowa and Cedar County in 1855, and lived here two years; then went to Clinton County, and lived there until 1869, when he returned to this county and engaged in farming; owns a farm of eighty acres. Has held school and road offices. He married Miss Rachel E. Shearer, from Ohio, Nov. 8, 1859; they have three children --- Florence A., Joseph H. and Howard Shearer; they lost one daughter --- Nellie A.
Friend, Samuel, farmer, Section 15; Post Office Tipton; born in Hocking County, Ohio, May 28, 1815; lived in that State about forty years, when he came to Cedar County by wagon; they were twenty days on the way, and arrived here in September, 1855, and has lived here over twenty-two years, and engaged in farming; owns a farm of eighty acres. Married Elizabeth Bibler, from Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1836; they have six children --- Jacob, Mary , Elsie, Catharine, William and Elizabeth; lost three children.
Focht, George S., Dr., physician and surgeon, Tipton; born in Blair County, Pennsylvania, at Williamsburg, January 10, 1845; lived there sixteen years, and came to Cedar County in 1862. He attended Literary School two and a half years, at Mendota, Illinois, and then studied medicine and graduated at Rush Medical College, Chicago, in the Spring of 1870, and has practiced his profession here since then; has held the office of Pension Examining Surgeon. Married Miss Sarah W. Wingert, from York Prairie, in September, 1874.
Focht, John A., retired farmer.
Ford, D., farmer, Section 36; Post Office Wilton.
Ford, George, farmer, Section 36; Post Office Wilton; born in Burlington County, New Jersey, April 29, 1805; lived there about thirty years and came to Ohio in 1832, and lived there fifteen years, and came to Cedar County, Iowa, in April, 1852, and settled at Wise's Mills; came here on the prairie the next Spring and engaged in farming; only a little improvement on the prairie then; the deer used to come up with the cows at night; he owns a farm of eighty acres. Married Phebe Hutchinson, from Burlington County, New Jersey, in 1831; they have eight children --- Hannah, Libbie, Jane, George, Amos, Permelia, Daniel and Jonathan; Amos was in the army in Company D, 11th Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry; Daniel, in Company A, 2d Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Cavalry.
Ford, Robert, farmer; Post Office Tipton.
Ford, Rolly, farmer, Section 9; Post Office Tipton.
Ford, William, farmer, Section 10; Post Office Tipton; born in Logan County, Ohio, July 24, 1831; lived there twelve years; moved to Indiana for eighteen months, and came with his parents to Cedar County; they came by wagon, and got here about the year 1844, and engaged in farming, and has lived here ever since; owns a farm of 160 acres. Married Mary Ann Morgan, from this State in December, 1859, they have four children --- Ida, Walter, Herman and Jediah; lost one son --- Lewis.
Foy, Samuel P., painter; Post Office Tipton; born in Belmont County, Ohio, January 10, 1838, and came to this county with his parents in infancy when only 4 months old; they located near the old stone mill and made a claim there and were among the early settlers. Samuel went to California in 1851; was there five years and returned in 1856; was in the army; enlisted in the 24th Iowa Infantry, Company B; was discharged for disability; after recovering his health he enlisted in the 46th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I; after returning from the army he engaged in the painting business. Married Miss Eunice F. Starr, from Columbus, Ohio, September 11, 1866; she came here with her parents in 1850; they have two children --- Anna Mabel, born July 6, 1868; Charles A., October 4, 1876; lost one daughter --- Nellie. Mr. Foy had three brothers in the army; William was in the 13th Iowa; David was in the 46th Iowa, and Frank was in the 3d Iowa, and was wounded at the Battle of the Hatchie.
Fulwider, H., farmer, Section 21; Post Office Tipton.
Fulse, A., tenant farmer, Section 32; Post Office Tipton.
Gay, Andrew, farmer, Section 26; Post Office Tipton.
Garber, S. A., (of the firm of Garber & Lattig), surgeon and dentist; Post Office Tipton; born in Hillsboro, Highland County, Ohio, March 17, 1843; came to Illinois and studied dentistry, and practiced his profession there for six years; came to Tipton in 1873, and has practiced here for five years. He is a graduate of the Western College of Dental Surgeons, St. Louis. Married Miss Anna C. Bloom, from Stephenson County, Illinois, October, 1868; they have three children --- Lulu, Edgar and Roy.
Geller, George W., wood working and repairing business; Post Office Tipton; born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania; August 29, 1827; lived in Pennsylvania twenty-eight years and was engaged in farming; came to this county in 1855 and engaged in farming; has lived in this county twenty-two years, has held office of Constable and was one of the City Council; also held office of Weighmaster. Married Miss Mary E. Wertz, from Bedford County, Pennsylvania, June 4, 1854; they have three children --- Ann Jane, Charles J. and William C.; lost one daughter --- Myrtle.
Gerry, B., laborer, Section 27; Post Office Tipton.
Giffs, H. G., tenant farmer.
Gibson, G. W., laborer.
Gill, Thomas, tenant farmer.
Gilleland, Henry, farmer, Section 36; Post Office Wilton; born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, January 10, 1812; lived there forty-five years on the farm that his father settled; came to Iowa and to Cedar County, June 6, 1857, and has lived here over twenty years; owns a farm of eighty acres and has held school and road offices. Married Margaret Ann Hill, from Mercer County, Pennsylvania, in November, 1841; they have five children --- John, Adam,, Francis, Nancy J. and Henry; lost two in infancy.
Gilmore, William, merchant (firm of Casad & Gilmore, dealers in clothing, furnishing goods, hats and caps); born in Stafford, Connecticut, August 8, 1830; moved to Xenia, Ohio, in 1848; lived there two years and went to Bellefontaine; engaged in business with his present partner July 12,1854; they have been associated together twenty-four years, the longest without change of any mercantile firm in Cedar County. Married Miss Cornelia A. Thrift March 1, 1854; she was from Mt. Vernon, Ohio; they have four children --- Maggie, William, Ida and Merell.
Gilmore, Wm. T., clothing salesman.
Godden, John, mason.
Godden, William, mason.
Golden, E., farmer, Section 23; Post Office Tipton.
Golden, John, farmer, Section 23; Post Office Tipton.
Goodale, Elizur, retired farmer, Section 22; Post Office Tipton; born in Washington County, Vermont, May 4, 1806; went to Connecticut; then lived in Ohio twenty years; came by wagon to Cedar County, and was three weeks on the road and arrived here October 3, 1853; settled where he now lives and engaged in farming and stock raising; he owns 240 acres of land. Married Annie B. Stebbins, from Massachusetts, October 4, 1832; she was born in York State, October 17, 1806; they have three children --- Lucy C., Parker J. and Marvin N. Marvin N. Goodale was born in Ohio, in 1842, and came with his parents, to this county in 1853, and has lived here twenty-four years; is engaged in farming and stock raising. Married Miss Elizabeth E. Maglaughlin, from Indiana, in 1862; they have three children --- Julia A., Charles O., Ernest E.
Goodale, J., farmer, Section 23; Post Office Tipton.
Goodale, M., farmer, Section 22; Post Office Tipton.
Goodale, Parker J., farmer, Section 23; Post Office Tipton; born in Crawford County, Ohio, September 21, 1837; lived there sixteen years and came with his parents, by wagon, to Cedar County; they were about three weeks on the way, and arrived in October, 1853, and settled on this farm and engaged in farming and stock raising; owns farm of 115 acres, and has held school and road offices. Married Miss Mary Ella McCracken, from this county, in January, 1862; they have six children --- Elmer E., Joseph W., Minnie E., Hattie J., Annie May., Ira Ernest; have lost two children.
Gould, J. B., surgeon dentist, Tipton; born in Ware, Massachusetts, September21, 1841; commenced the study of his profession in 1858, under Dr. Holden, of Ware, Massachusetts; was with him three years; practiced there and at Munson; came to this State, to Davenport, June, 1873; practiced his profession there and at De Witt, and came to Tipton in July, 1877. Dr. G. has given much attention to music, both in Massachusetts and since coming here, and is leader of the choir in the First M. E. Church here. Married Miss Sarah A. Holden, daughter of Dr. Daniel Holden, of Ware, Massachusetts, September 22, 1862; they have one son --- Freddie Gould, born in Munson, Massachusetts, June 3, 1863.
Gray, Alexander (firm of Shearer & Gray, proprietors Stone Mill), Section 14: Post Office Tipton; born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in February, 1834; came to this country when 24 years of age; came to Cedar County, near Clarence, and engaged in farming for ten years, then engaged in milling business with Mr. Shearer in 1868; the mill was built in 1867, and does both custom and merchant trade; he also has an interest in Tipton mills. Married Miss Ann Shearer, from Edinburg, Scotland, in April, 1867; they have five children --- John, Walter, Euphemia, Margaret and William.
Gray, John M., agent Tipton Branch C. & N. W. R. R., Tipton; born in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, September 18, 1824; lived there sixteen years; then moved to Ohio; returned to Pennsylvania shipped o a whaling voyage to the South Seas, Indian Ocean, Chili and New Zealand and was gone two and one-half years; after his return, he went to California and was engaged in mining until 1862, when he went to Nevada and was engaged in practicing law there some years; returned East in 1871; came to this county and was appointed Freight and Passenger Agent of the C. & N. W. R. R., at Tipton, in December, 1872. Married Mrs. Rebecca E. Rothrock in Ohio, in 1872; they have two children --- Joseph L., and Phillip E.
Graham, C., farmer, Section 12; Post Office Tipton.
Graham, J., farmer, Section 12; Post Office Tipton.
Graham, P., farmer, Section 12; Post Office Tipton.
Greene, David G., proprietor of city scales, Tipton; born in Rutland County, Vermont, December 6, 1825; lived in that State twenty-eight years; was farming and teaching school Winters; came to Cedar County, to Tipton September 4, 1853; went to farming; was in the hardware business here for some years. Married Anna Perie, from Scotland, July 9, 1866.
Greenhow, Thos. Lamb, merchant tailor, Tipton; born in Lancashire, England, August 17, 1831; learned his trade there and carried on business until coming to this country in 1854; was in Cincinnati one year, in Muscatine four years; was in business in Keighsburg, Illinois, eight years; lived in Canton and Keokuk and in Glenwood, Mills County, four and a half years; was appointed Postal Clerk in Railway Postal Service on the C. & N. W. R. R. from Cedar Rapids to Cedar Bluff; held the office of Secretary and Acting Chairman of the Republican County Central Committee of Mills County; was Alderman and Superintendent of the Cong. Sunday school; moved to Cedar Rapids for two years, then to Clarence, and came to Tipton in 1877; has followed his business all his life, except when in Railway Postal Service. Married Miss Ann Carr, from Dublin, in February, 1854; they have seven children --- Mary L., Hattie E., Alexander D., William M., Alice J., Freddie G., Frankie W.; have lost three children.